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Festival du Voyageur Receiving $250K from Ottawa for Expansion

July 29, 2019 11:22 AM | News

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WINNIPEG — The largest outdoor winter festival in Western Canada is receiving up to $250,000 from the federal government to expand.

Festival du Voyageur is one of four recipients to receive cash from Ottawa during a tourism announcement Monday in the city.

The government is spending $862,000 for four projects to “enhance Manitoba’s tourism opportunities as well as the vitality of the province’s Francophone communities,” according to a release.

Other recipients include The Forks Renewal Corporation, which will receive up to $182,000 in funding through the CEF to develop wayfinding and storytelling signage in English, French, and Indigenous languages to attract visitors through the Taché Loop.


North Central Community Futures Development Corporation Inc. will receive up to $150,000 in funding through the CEF to develop the snowmobile tourism industry in northern Manitoba.

Le Conseil de développement économique des municipalités bilingues du Manitoba will receive up to $280,000 in funding through the CEF to develop Francophone and Métis tourism in Manitoba.

“The funds received today will help our organization grow and be more financially sustainable,” said Darrel Nadeau, executive director of Festival du Voyageur.

“Much needed improvements to power capacity, power distribution and installations will grow our total capacity and help better fulfill our mandate of promoting joie de vivre and extending the reach of French language and culture.”

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Êtes-vous prêts pour la PLUS GRANDE TENTE dans l'histoire du Festival du Voyageur? ? Nous sommes heureux d'annoncer une aide financière du Gouvernement du Canada via Diversification de l'économie de l'Ouest pour soutenir la croissance de notre festival. L’élément signature de ce projet sera l’introduction d’une nouvelle tente chauffée qui sera la plus grande tente dans l’histoire du Festival pouvant accommoder plus de 1000 personnes. ? Are you ready for the BIGGEST TENT in Festival du Voyageur history?? We are happy to announce financial support from the Economic Development Initiative of the Government of Canada to support the expansion of our festival. The signature element of this project will be a new heated tent that will be our biggest tent ever and accommodate more than 1000 people.

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